Friday is for . . . Family, Food, and Film

For several years now, Jenny and I hang out together at Chick-fil-A for breakfast and then off to do other things the rest of the day. This event started with the “Free Food Fridays” at Chick-fil-A. I love Chick-fil-A, by the way!!

I am hoping to take a load of “stuff” to Springfield this afternoon to our storage unit. We are gearing up for our next move at the end of the month back to Springfield to live with Jenny’s parents to save on rent in Carthage.  We are hoping to not be in Springfield for very long, actually, because we are talking seriously about our next place of service. The exact place and time line is not available for public consumption on this blog, but I will let you kn

ow as soon as we know where we are heading after June 1.

Finally, we are all headed together to the 66 Drive-In to see a really cool double feature of Rio and then Soul Surfer! Can’t wait!

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So tell me. . . what are your plans for this Friday?

Rags to Riches? The Man with the Golden Voice

Maybe you have seen this man. Up until about a week ago, he was homeless and panhandling in Ohio to make a living. Until he was found by a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and this video went viral.

I really hope he does well and can handle all of the pressure from everyone clamoring for his services.  I hope that he doesn’t get taken advantage of by “well-meaning” people. Here is a great video from this morning on the Today Show. Interesting perspective of not acknowledging the Lord in years past, but now, he realizes that the Lord has provided him with so much and especially a second chance.

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When It Rains, It Pours For Cowboys


So you think you’ve had “one of those days?”? Take heart, my friend!

Seems that when things couldn’t get much worse for the Dallas Cowboys after their horrible loss last night, the “hits just keep on comin’!” The problem wasn’t on the field, or on the sidelines, or up in the coaching booth…although there are many problems in all three of these places.

The problem comes with their website domain registration. Sounds like someone was asleep at the wheel in more places than just Wade’s office!

How ’bout them Cowboys!?!

Hurricane Katrina…5 Years Later


Jenny and I are watching Meet the Press tonight on DVR…common place for us on Sunday nights. I didn’t realize that it has been 5 years since Hurricane Katrina. If you have a few minutes, I highly recommend watching the program online here. Brian Williams is actually sitting in for David Gregory for this episode.

Amazing how we time moves so quickly. But as was said on the segment, “That’s tough to look at…it was yesterday…it’s been five years.” ?A lot of great guests and smart discussion…sans Brad Pitt anyway. ?The footage from 5 years ago is powerful. ?Really enjoyed the last segment of roundtable discussion here.

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Sunday’s Coming

Inside North Point Media just put up a bunch of the videos from Drive ’10.? I feel just like I was there…almost…ok, not at all.? But I really wanted to be there!? Oh well, maybe next year.

This is my favorite video.? It is really funny, but it is scary how true it just might be…

“Sunday’s Coming” Movie Trailer from North Point Media on Vimeo.

Chick-fil-A Tribute Greatness!

Friday is for Family . . . and Chick-fil-A!? I try to figure out on Friday’s (my day off) how to get us to Chick-fil-A for breakfast as often as possible.? I even make up excuses to be in town to have some chicken goodness.? These dudes have a new Chick-fil-A tribute video that is awesome!? Rivals the greatness of the Tim Hawkins parody! Enjoy!

Give me another ball!

Tin Cup 1Earlier today, I tweeted Is it just me, or do you have “Tin Cup” flashbacks when watching The Masters and they talk about Rory McIlroy and you think Roy McAvoy?Really made me chuckle and remember The Colonial at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth while I was in seminary.? My buddy Rick Murray and I went to the tournament one day and I recall D.A. Weibring pulling a “Roy McAvoy” and hitting a ball right into the drink.? He had gotten himself in jail (which is easy to do at Colonial for sure) by hitting his drive close to some overhanging trees.? His first approach shot clipped a branch and landed in the pond.? He didn’t even look at his caddy.? He stared straight ahead at the ripples in the water and snapped his fingers for another ball.? After receiving the ball his didn’t even move at all…he just turned his hand over to drop the ball.? Awesome!!? He then hit his second ball within like 5 feet.? Unbelievable.

It was really something to see him be so laid back and roll with the punches.? No overreaction, not tantrum, no clubs thrown, no curse words.? We would all do well to take a play out of D.A.’s playbook.

How about you?? Any good stories of when you saw someone cool under discouragement or failure?

iPad fills all our spiritual longing??

Ran across this blog of a guy writing as Steve Jobs. ?Pretty funny stuff. ?However, there is some pretty sad stuff in there…like the idea that there is something “spiritual” about owning an iPad…

But let?s get back to you people who are waiting in line. I mean it?s not like you?re in Bolivia and there?s just been an earthquake and you need to line up to get food and clean water. It?s not like you?ve time-traveled back into the Depression and you?re waiting in line at a soup kitchen. And yet, in fact, that?s exactly what you?re doing. Spiritually speaking, we are living in the Great Depression, and you are waiting in line for sustenance.?. . .

The truth is, this is all about spiritual emptiness. That is why you?re standing in line. . . .

The truth is, all over the world, across every culture, there exists a sense of yearning. A kind of malaise. An emptiness. At the risk of sounding like Dr. Seuss: There is a hole in your soul. That is what we?re addressing at Apple. That is the hole we aim to fill. Sadly, as you may have begun to suspect, that hole can never really be filled. The truth is that modernity, the condition of living in our modern world, has inflicted terrible wounds on your inner self. These wounds can never be healed. They can only be treated. At best we provide palliative care. Not a cure. Because, my dear fellow human beings, there is no cure for what ails you. The products we create provide only temporary relief. Their magic eventually wears off. The sense of childlike wonder they impart will, over time, begin to fade. And then you need a new product.

Convicting as a believer, isn’t it? ?What might it be like if we tried to fill that hole with something much more meaningful than a piece of technology?

Then there is the final line that I have to keep thinking to myself to not rush out and buy the iPad with Professional Expense account monies. . .

Hold your iPad. Gaze at it. Pray to it. Let it transform you. And do it soon, because before you know it we are going to release version 2, which will make this one look like a total piece of crap.

So true. ?So very true.

Check out the entire “open letter to the people of the world here.

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs : An open letter to the people of the world.

This Day in Sports: Texas Westerns Starting Five Makes a Whole Lot of History

In honor of March Madness with some really cool history thrown in for good measure…

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